Written by Elizabeth Bowler, senior Communication major from Washington, Utah
For the second year in a row, Southern Utah University has been chosen by The Princeton Review as one the best institutions of higher education in the country.
The Princeton Review, which focuses on identifying colleges and universities that stand out in each region, has designated SUU as one of the “Best in the West” colleges and universities.
SUU made the list because of notable ratings in Academics, Quality of Life, Admissions Selectivity, and Financial Aid.
The Princeton Review based its decision of which schools to feature on the list by asking current students more than 70 multiple-choice questions about their respective schools. Students also had the opportunity to share their opinions through short-answer responses.
Some of these responses are quoted on The Princeton Review’s Web site, ranging in topic from the university’s size and financial affordability to its outstanding academics and convenient location.
Students commented on SUU’s friendly atmosphere, with one saying, “Everyone smiles and says ‘Hello’ when you walk through campus.”
Other comments described the school’s typical student as “studious, but fun” and saluted SUUans for their school pride and caring ways.
Several of SUU’s academic entities received praise from students, as well, particularly its College of Education, School of Business and College of Performing & Visual Arts.
Undergraduates expressed appreciation for the personalization that the school’s smaller size offers, citing the opportunity to get to know professors and participate more in classroom discussions as valuable.
SUU professors “are here to teach,” wrote one student. “They are paid to teach, rather than to publish. Many do publish on the side, but you can count on them to be there every class to teach. SUU is truly a diamond in the rough.”
Its location near outdoor recreational areas also earned the university accolades. SUU’s location “is an amazing plus for being active in the outdoors,” one undergraduate wrote. “We have skiing 30 minutes away, as well as hiking, mountain biking, ice climbing, snowshoeing, camping, and so much more! Cedar City is a gateway to so many national parks.”
This is the third time in just over a year that Southern Utah University has been honored on a national basis for the excellent educational experience it provides its students.
Last year, it made its debut as one of the “Best in the West” colleges and universities on the Princeton Review’s list. Just months before, Consumers Digest magazine designated SUU as one of the top 10 universities in the nation for quality and value.
“This is, to say the least, outstanding news,” Dean O’Driscoll, SUU’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations, and Special Assistant to the President, states. “The Princeton Review is a highly-regarded agency. To receive an endorsement from them, not once but twice, just gives all the more validity to the differences students experience when they choose SUU.”
Through its more than 100-year history, Southern Utah University has evolved from a teacher training school into its current role as a comprehensive, regional university to 6,000 students from across the globe. It serves the southern region of Utah and contiguous counties in surrounding states with undergraduate and graduate programs in six colleges. People of the region look to the University for outreach services, culture, economic and business development, higher learning, regional history, public affairs, major academic specialties, and significant entertainment and recreation. Accentuated by the notable, economic value of its services, SUU's hallmark is its quality staff, faculty and academics.